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Interested applicants should email the following materials (in one PDF document) to cover letter describing research experience and interests; curriculum vitae; up to 3 publications/reprints; and contact information (name, title, address, phone number and email address) for three references. 

About the Life Sciences Institute:

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute at the University of Michigan, strategically located as a bridge between the medical campus and the central-campus schools and colleges. Our mission is to advance the understanding of the fundamental processes of life, and to pioneer new ideas to improve human health.

The LSI’s world-class faculty members hold joint appointments at the LSI, where their labs are located, and a variety of schools and colleges across the university. They bring broad and diverse expertise — ranging from cell biology to medicine, from chemistry to structural biology. The institute’s philosophy is to provide our faculty and their teams with superior scientific tools and administrative support, allowing them to spend more time focused on what really matters — their research.

The institute’s administrative staff supports all aspects of unit operations including facilities, IT, human resources, finance, research administration, academic programs, communications and development.  

In addition to faculty labs, the LSI houses several core technology labs that support the research enterprise of the entire university, including a high-throughput screening center (Center for Chemical Genomics), a comprehensive cloning and macromolecular X-ray crystallography facility (Center for Structural Biology), a comprehensive microbial biodiversity, fermentation and metabolite analytics facility (Natural Products Discovery Core) and a state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy facility. The LSI also plays a key role in administering campus-wide programs like the U-M Program in Chemical Biology, Michigan Drug Discovery, and Michigan Life Sciences Fellows.

The LSI is committed to the principle that fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within the institute — and in the next generation of scientific leaders — is inseparable from our commitment to scientific excellence and achievement.

Job Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Peng Li at the Life Sciences Institute of the University of Michigan is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral research fellows to study neural control of breathing and how it fails in pathological conditions in mouse models. For more information of the lab research, please visit:

We employ a combination of state-of-the-art approaches, including viral circuit tracing, optogenetics, chemogenetics, pharmacology, single cell RNAseq, and functional imaging, to dissect the heterogeneity and functions of neuronal populations in the breathing control circuit, and to identify the mechanism by which the emotional and physiological inputs are integrated to generate breathing rhythm and patterns (e.g. Li et al., Nature 2016). Experimental procedures include rodent surgery and behavioral assays, neural circuit tracing and manipulation, immunofluorescence and confocal imaging. Other duties will include lab maintenance and organization.

Required Qualifications*

A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or M.D.) in Biology or related majors (e.g., Neuroscience, Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics) is required. Applicants with expertise in areas including but not limited to, mouse genetics and behaviors, neuroscience, functional imaging, and integrative physiology, are welcome to apply.


Desired Qualifications*

Experience with rodent surgery (e.g., stereotactic injection) and behavioral assays is preferred.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.